DayBreaks for 12/04/15: A Deadly Kiss
From Bizarre News, 11/30/05: SAGUENAY, Quebec – Sometimes a kiss is more than just a kiss. In the case of 15-year-old Christina Desforges, a kiss from her boyfriend meant her death. Desforges’ boyfriend had just eaten a peanut butter snack before giving her a kiss. The problem – she was allergic to peanuts and it caused a severe allergic reaction, hospital officials said. Desforges was taken to the hospital and given a shot of adrenaline, but doctors were unable to treat the reaction.
Life, sometimes, is just plain hard. We’d like to believe that such a thing could never happen. Certainly, no harm was intended by the kiss and none was anticipated. It wasn’t a pre-meditated attempt to kill the poor girl. Yet, as tragic as it is, all we can do is shrug our shoulders and grieve that such things happen.
Judas, however, was not possessed of pure motives when he greeted Jesus with a kiss. His motives were clear because he’d arranged the sign in advance with those who would arrest and kill Jesus. He could have chosen any of a number of different signs, but he chose this one. Why? My guess is that Jesus and his followers often greeted one another with a kiss – it was part of the customary greeting of that time. But Judas doesn’t appear to have kissed any of the other disciples in greeting – if he had, it would have been confusing to those who came to apprehend the Christ.
I want to believe that I would never betray Jesus with a kiss. With a symbol of friendship when deep down inside, not only am I not a friend, but I can be hostile to Jesus and his cause – just like Judas was. We are prone to words of flattery, playing “nicey-nice” one moment and then the next, backing away pointing at him as if he were an enemy.
Perhaps the most deadly thing about what Judas did is to have presumed on the friendship of Jesus. He knew that Jesus wouldn’t step back and pull away. He took advantage of that which was familiar – and that makes the betrayal all the more grievous.
When is the last time that I betrayed Jesus with a kiss? With my silence? With my speech that sounded all flowery while my heart was filled with betrayal?
May our love for Jesus be genuine so that the life he wants to impart to us isn’t snuffed out.
Copyright 2005 by Galen C. Dalrymple.
TODAY’S PRAYER: Lord, we try to deceive you and we certainly want to deceive ourselves. Help us never to betray you with signs of friendship while we remain your enemies deep in our hearts. In Jesus’ name, Amen.